Early 1950's Canvey photos

by Barbara Everett

Barbara with her parents George and Martha Merry and grandparents Ernie and Martha Cox moved to Canvey from Notting Hill in 1946. At first they all lived at no 15 Green Avenue, then in 1951 Barbara’s parents moved their family just down the road to no 4.

Barbara  remembers when she was due to go to senior school she was not able to start at Furtherwick School because the new building had not been finished. Barbara spent her first year of senior school at Jones’ School (Then called Canvey Secondary Modern, now called William Read). She only ever remembers the school being called Jones’ School. When the new building at Furtherwick was finished Barbara and her school mates were among the first children to attend. The school has seen it’s 50th anniversary recently but now faces closure and rebuilding due to the re-organisation of all the senior schools on the Island.

15 Green Avenue where Barbara’s family first lived. In 1951 Barbara and her parents moved to no.4 leaving the grandparents at no.15

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  • The year is 1954 and Doris Ratcliffe was Carnival Queen. At the front of the picture is my cousin Eileen Goller (nee Clarke) who was Carnival Queen in 1953.

    By Maureen Buckmaster (12/08/2008)
  • Hi Eileen Goller is my Aunty. Her brother was my deceased foster father Allan Gordon Clarke. I would like to make contact with her. Can you contact her & give her my email address.

    Thank you Kindly,
    John William Clarke Phd His, MA, BA, Dip Bus

    By John Clarke (17/04/2009)
  • I remember you and your family Barbara, our fathers worked on the Railway together, your Nan and Granddad had an entrance from their bungalow on to Village Drive and used to pass the time of day with my Nan who lived at number 4.   When Nan moved to Green Avenue you lived almost opposite her.

    By Val (27/11/2015)
  • Hi John. Eileen died in July 2018. She had dementia.

    By Maureen Buckmaster (29/02/2020)
  • HI My nan, Eva Lievesley 83 yrs old was in canvey island until 10 yrs old 1950s she resides in northern ireland we are taking her over to canvey this week as canvey was her best childhood memories. would anyone remember her on this post? she cannot remember the name of her school only that she walked through 2 fields she lived on church parade her father worked on the boats.

    By danielle (18/06/2023)
  • Hi Danielle. I didn’t know your Mum but I think her school was Canvey County Infants and Juniors in Long Road. In her time there would have been nothing but fields between where she lived and that school.

    By Janet Walden (19/06/2023)

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